We slept well through the night although there was a nasty snorer in our midst. The swelling and pain of the shoulder had miraculously disappeared. Today was only a short distance (7 km) to cover so we did not leave too early. Unfortunately, unforgivably and unbelievably forgotten to make photo’s of the hut but after we had walked about a kilometre and a half we just could see the top of the hut so I, at last had the opportunity to add an image to the memory card.
Although we did not add anything to our backpacks, they were starting to feel heavier and heavier.
The walking was still alright en we enjoyed the beautiful nature surrounding us. The weather kept good and we saw some more walkers we had not seen the night before and after we started a conversation with one of them, we discovered that they belonged to an organised group. They were carrying lighter backpacks, didn’t have to cook and could take a nice shower at the end of the day. This ‘hike’ of course is carrying a different price tag. They themselves said, they did a ‘wine tour’ which wonderful alcoholic liquid was served with their dinner.
About five hundred metre before we reached the second hut some swimmers were taking a dip in a lake.
Since we did not feel like a swim we went on to the hut and after we installed ourselves it started to rain. Neither heavy nor long, but there was a change in the air. The hut was not as comfy as the first one and some walkers choose to set up their tent which could have had something to do with the snorer as well.
In the area, not too far from the hut, to protect the vegetation, special platforms were installed to set up a tent. After we had our dinner we didn’t stay up for too long.
Not good. The weather had changed. Looking outside, we saw light rain coming down, not heavy but a bloody nuisance if you are hiking. The track for the day was not too heavy though, partly bush and then a long walk over an open area. After a while we reached a sidetrack which leads to a beautiful lookout with views over Forth River Gorge. At this point we dropped our backpacks to take in the beauty of this part of the world. After we had continued our hike for about an hour another walker came from the other site asking us if we had seen his water bottle. Back at that viewpoint we had seen a bottle but, since you don’t know who the owner is, you leave it there. It was obvious that he was the owner and had to go all the way back to get that bottle because without a water bottle you don’t get far.
Pelion hut, the end destination for that day. A beautiful new big hut with a big ‘daytime area’, bunk beds and different bedrooms. To save on gas, the gas heater (which was installed in the ‘daytime area’), was only allowed to be fired up if the temperature inside the hut was below ten degrees Centigrade.
After intense consultation with some other walkers we decided that the temperature was sufficient low to fire up the heater and make the inside of the hut a more comfortable place to be in. The warmth of the heater was great and in no time there were heaps of clothes (socks, shirts, towels etc) hanging around our instant dryer, to be useful to battle the (weather)-forces next day.
We shared the room with a Dutch couple we haven’t seen before (They departed a few days earlier but had done some side trips). Frank and Tracy (father and daughter from a suburb next to where we live) arrived in our room but when Ben (snorer) with wife and their son decided to stake their space in this room as well, they quickly went to another room. When we asked Tracy the next morning how they slept last night she told us that they packed up their stuff and slept in the “daytime area” because of another snorer who was worse than Ben while we had not heard him that night.
Day 4, 8 km
The weather was awful. Outside, rain and a very cold wind was waiting for us. We were prepared for this and after we slipped in our warm and wet weather gear we headed for Kia-Ora hut. Because of the weather we didn’t stop too often. Pelion Gap a few hours into the walk, would have been a nice spot to have lunch but rain and wind stopped us from having a break here. From the Gap, a track could be followed to the summit of Mount Ossa, which is the highest mountain top of Tasmania, but since we saw the mountain top hidden in clouds we decided to follow our normal path. A couple of hundred metres further up, we discovered a spot in the lee of a tree. Before we leave a hut Yasmine boils some water and fills up the thermos flask (using our gas stove inside the hut is a lot easier than during the day out in the wind) so we can have a nice cup of coffee in the morning. Today however the weather was such that we didn’t feel like coffee but instead saved the water and made soup for lunch. Why is it that under certain circumstances (like cold weather) soup tastes a lot better than other times The Kia-Ora hut was not as big and comfy as the Pelion but we found a nice spot for the night. I put a string between the bunk beds so we could dry our wet clothing. Yasmine’s matrass was a bit wet so it could dry up there too. There was a small wood stove but since there was no dry wood to be found, the only thing it did was taking up space. After the walkers started preparing their evening meals the temperature lifted, thanks to all the individual smaller stoves. The atmosphere was great. We all sat around the long table dishing up strong stories about how the weather did not get us down. What will tomorrow bring?
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